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THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL

Sunday (5/15)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Confirmation Reception (Fellowship Hall)
  • 7:00 pm—Men’s Bible Class (Craig Munson’s home)

Wednesday–Thursday

  • 7:30 am—Matins

Wednesday

  • 7:00 pm—Bible History Class

Saturday

  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion

Sunday (5/22)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School

IN OUR PRAYERS

HEALTH CONCERNS: Mia Anderson (great-granddaughter of Joan Vukelich); Jimmee Barger (friend of the Alexanders); Regann Bowles; Brenda Bunting (friend of Ann Carroll); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); DeDe Eversole; Virginia Goble (friend of Joyce Alexander); Paula Hancock; Jim Harbaugh; Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Patti Heath (friend of the Hoels); Joel Hilgendorf; Mary Jane Jones; Jeff Knight (friend of the Campbells); Erica Kremitzki; Dennis Lee (nephew of Dolores Ford); Jeff Maxfield (friend of the Vukeliches); Scott McCumber (friend of the Russos); Laurie McMillen; Tiffany Meyer (friend of Rachel DeWitt); Bill Negangard (grandfather of Bryce Reifsteck); Tim Pollock; Roland Spomer; Sara Urban (wife of Ron Urban); Bob Vukelich (husband of Joan Vukelich); Harold Wattjes; Jill Zartler.

SEMINARY STUDENT: Hayden Folks.

DEACONESS STUDENT: Katelyn Lower.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Bessie Benson; Dolores Byers; Marylin Joergens; Joan Mulligan; Corinne Oye; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: John Bookas; Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 6:1–7; Romans 11:33–36; John 3:1–15.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . Following the flood, Noah’s descendants failed to spread out and fill the earth as God had spoken. Rather, they exalted themselves; with “one language and the same words” (Gen. 11:1) they spoke proudly and arrogantly. The Lord humbled them by confusing “the language of all the earth,” dividing and dispersing the people (Gen. 11:9). That dispersal was reversed on Pentecost Day (the fiftieth day of Easter), when God caused the one Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to be preached in a multitude of languages. “At this sound the multitude came together” (Acts 2:6), for the preaching of Christ is the primary work of the Holy Spirit, whereby He gathers people from all nations into one Church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27).

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Acts 2:1 “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Pentecost is the Old Testament harvest festival—it happens around the time when the wheat and oats are ready to be brought in. Of course, this was a picture and foreshadowing of the great harvest of humankind that God means to bring in through the preaching of His Word. God gives the seed, and God brings about the harvest. From first to last, in things temporal and things eternal, we stand only by His grace.

ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Mike and Tina Russo to the glory of God on the occasion of Marissa’s 13th birthday and in recognition of the 2016 confirmands Jake, Mackenzi, and Marissa.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMANDS . . . Mackenzi Bowles, Jake Dyer, and Marissa Russo. In lieu of Bible Class, we will be hosting a reception in the Fellowship Hall in honor of their achievement.

PASTOR WILL BE AWAY . . . Monday, May 16–Tuesday, May 17, to attend the Pastors’ Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. If you have an emergency you may contact Pastor Braaten on his mobile phone or call one of the Elders (Ronald Legg, Greg Nau, Bryce Reifsteck, Mark Whitson).

LADIES AID LUNCHEON . . . If you are going with Ladies Aid to lunch at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen on Thursday, May 26, 11:00 am, contact Dolores Ford at 2175522921 so she can reserve a table.

THANK YOU . . . Roland Spomer is thankful for all who prayed on his behalf and sent cards, visited and had words of encouragement during his recent illness.

FROM BETHS PLACE . . . We are extremely grateful for your generous donation and always being available for pastoral care. Your continued support against domestic violence is sincerely appreciated. God Bless, BETHS Place.

GREETERS

THIS WEEK

  • Joan Vukelich (West)
  • Laverl Byers (East)

NEXT WEEK

  • Ruth Sims (West)
  • Tim & Teri Pollock (East)

COMMUNION HELPERS

THIS WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Ruth Bretz; Lexie Russo

NEXT WEEK

  • Greg Nau
  • Ruth Bretz; Marissa Russo

ACOLYTES

THIS WEEK

  • Caleb Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Ethan Stumeier (Torches)
  • Coulson Poffenberger (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

NEXT WEEK

  • Ethan Stumeier (Crucifer)
  • Caleb Stumeier (Torches)
  • Josh Dyer (Torches)
  • Oliver Braaten (Gospel)

COFFEE COMMITTEE

  • Laverl Byers—May
  • Pastor & Lauren Braaten—June

FUNERAL CHAIR

  • Judy Legg/Janet Stumeier—May
  • Dolores Ford—June

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